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9th Sep '16 12:34:04 AM Omeganian
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* In Homer's ''Iliad'', the famed archer Pandaros complains to Aeneas that even though he managed to hit both Menelaos and Diomedes, neither of these heroes seemed to be bothered much by his arrows. However, this was entirely due to divine intervention.

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* In Homer's ''Iliad'', the famed archer Pandaros complains to Aeneas that even though he managed to hit both Menelaos and Diomedes, neither of these heroes seemed to be bothered much by his arrows. However, this was entirely due to divine intervention. And Odysseus apparently never saw a point in taking his bow to the war in the first place.
30th Aug '16 4:47:05 AM GM_3826
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* Guan Yu, a general in 2-3rd Century China (who has been deified over the years- just pay attention at your local Chinese restaurant), was once hit by a stray arrow on his arm during a battle, and [[BadassGrandpa was about 60 when this happened]]. Though the surface wound had healed, the bone would still hurt badly, especially during a rainy day. The doctor told him that the arrow tip had poison on it, and the poison had entered the bone. The remedy would be to open the arm and scrape away the poison. Guan Yu promptly stretched out his arm and bid the doctor to get to work. During the surgery, Guan Yu was eating and drinking with his fellow officers whilst the blood flowed from his arm into a basin below. Throughout the process of treatment, Guan Yu drank wine and conversed and laughed as usual, also qualifying him for FourStarBadass.

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* May or may not be apocryphal, but Guan Yu, a general in 2-3rd Century China (who has been deified over the years- just pay attention at your local Chinese restaurant), restaurant) was once hit by a stray arrow on his arm during a battle, and [[BadassGrandpa was about 60 when this happened]]. Though the surface wound had healed, the bone would still hurt badly, especially during a rainy day. The doctor told him that the arrow tip had poison on it, and the poison had entered the bone. The remedy would be to open the arm and scrape away the poison. Guan Yu promptly stretched out his arm and bid the doctor to get to work. During the surgery, Guan Yu was eating and drinking with his fellow officers whilst the blood flowed from his arm into a basin below. Throughout the process of treatment, Guan Yu drank wine and conversed and laughed as usual, also qualifying him for FourStarBadass.
29th Jul '16 10:46:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* Callisto of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' provides the picture for this trope. Lucky for her, she [[spoiler: was a god at the time]], so she wasn't killed. Xena herself takes an arrow to the abdomen in Episode 2, and both pulls out, and cauterizes the wound herself. It only takes her a few days to recover- which just so happens to be one of the ''longest'' recovery times on the show.

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* Callisto of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' provides the picture for this trope. ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'':
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Lucky for her, Callisto, she [[spoiler: was a god at the time]], so she wasn't killed. Xena herself takes an arrow to the abdomen in Episode 2, and both pulls out, and cauterizes the wound herself. It only takes her a few days to recover- which just so happens to be one of the ''longest'' recovery times on the show.



** Considering that Hiro is a modern-day fanboy whose knowledge of Ancient Japanese warfare comes from TV and myths, where people likely ''would'' do that with arrows.



** Caine was ''bluffing--'' i.e. he was trying to show them that he was immortal, as they feared-- and fortunately for him, they believed it, and fled away forever. Also fortunately for him, the bowman wasn't a particularly good shot, and missed his vital organs. The arrowhead was also stated to be made of silver, in order to "overcome his magic;" however in reality, silver is a fairly soft metal, and will blunt when hitting bone, doing less damage and being easier to pull out. Therefore the arrowhead would break a rib or two, and do some damage-- but far ''less'' damage than an actual steel arrowhead. Finally, Caine was able to get to a fairly competent 1870 frontier physician, who was used to treating such wounds.



** It's mainly to show that Ronon is a badass, and [=McKay=]'s...[[NonActionGuy not]].
** In Ronon's first appearance, he has a tracking chip removed from the back of his neck... without anesthesia.
** Inverted to the other extreme in a season 8 episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'', where a villager kills a Jaffa with a single crossbow bolt [[ArmorIsUseless through his armor]].

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** It's mainly to show that Ronon is a badass, and [=McKay=]'s...[[NonActionGuy not]].
** In Ronon's first appearance, he has a tracking chip removed from the back of his neck... without anesthesia.
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* Inverted to the other extreme in a season 8 episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'', where a villager kills a Jaffa with a single crossbow bolt [[ArmorIsUseless through his armor]].
29th Jul '16 10:44:22 AM Morgenthaler
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** Played with in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII''. A close to mid-range arrow is a kill shot, but be too far away and your arrows won't even kill a man. If that happens, it really puts the Annoying in AnnoyingArrows: If your shot wasn't noticed, your victim and any friends of his will do a search for, like, fifteen seconds before shrugging and acting as though nothing happened.

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** * Played with in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII''. A close to mid-range arrow is a kill shot, but be too far away and your arrows won't even kill a man. If that happens, it really puts the Annoying in AnnoyingArrows: If your shot wasn't noticed, your victim and any friends of his will do a search for, like, fifteen seconds before shrugging and acting as though nothing happened.
29th Jul '16 10:43:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': This is a ZigZaggingTrope. How much of a danger arrows represent to a character depends on whether they're a human or Apostle, how {{Badass}} they are, and who's doing the shooting. Because ArmorIsUseless in this story for human {{Mooks}} and RedShirts, a volley of arrows from a mass of archers or Guts' repeating crossbow will penetrate their helmets and breastplates, killing them instantly. The Apostle Irvine is probably the deadliest archer in-universe, since he can ''decapitate'' multiple human targets with one MultiShot of his longbow from at least a mile away. For Apostles on the other hand, who are usually enormous monsters and at least far tougher than humans, any amount of arrows from RedShirt archers is merely TheWorfBarrage since such small projectiles [[JustifiedTrope cannot hope to reach their internal organs]]. If it's Guts, on the other hand, he might be able to at least shoot them in the eyes for significant damage. As for how our heroes fare, Guts is usually able to dodge volleys of arrows or use a dead mook as a BulletProofHumanShield. In the anime version of the Hundred Man Fight he even deflects some incoming arrows by a mere swish of his cape: "[[WebVideo/BerserkAbridged And now, just in case you had any faith left in humanity]]...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCyujnxaMYs#t=4m30s know that someone, somewhere, thought that THIS made sense]]". The ''Golden Age'' movies also have some instances of heroes like Casca swatting away arrows with their swords, and in later manga chapters Guts is able to use the incredibly broad flat of his BFS to shield himself. When a main character actually gets hit, the trope will usually apply in a [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] form. Guts gets hit in the hand during the Hundred Man Fight, and snaps it in two with the same hand in a show of bravado. That said, it prevents him from using it to grip his sword and he has to one-hand it for the rest of the fight. He was also significantly weakened by previous arrow wounds in his fight with the Holy Iron Chain Knights, contributing to his collapse and capture. Casca, who is not as much of a tank as Guts, gets hit with ''five'' crossbow bolts when the Hawks get ambushed by the Midland Army, which is treated as very serious since she was wearing no armor and they hit her mainly in the torso. She spends three days and nights in a comatose state near death, but miraculously she survives and makes a full recovery within a year.

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': This is a ZigZaggingTrope. How much of a danger arrows represent to a character depends on whether they're a human or Apostle, how {{Badass}} badass they are, and who's doing the shooting. Because ArmorIsUseless in this story for human {{Mooks}} and RedShirts, a volley of arrows from a mass of archers or Guts' repeating crossbow will penetrate their helmets and breastplates, killing them instantly. The Apostle Irvine is probably the deadliest archer in-universe, since he can ''decapitate'' multiple human targets with one MultiShot of his longbow from at least a mile away. For Apostles on the other hand, who are usually enormous monsters and at least far tougher than humans, any amount of arrows from RedShirt archers is merely TheWorfBarrage since such small projectiles [[JustifiedTrope cannot hope to reach their internal organs]]. If it's Guts, on the other hand, he might be able to at least shoot them in the eyes for significant damage. As for how our heroes fare, Guts is usually able to dodge volleys of arrows or use a dead mook as a BulletProofHumanShield. In the anime version of the Hundred Man Fight he even deflects some incoming arrows by a mere swish of his cape: "[[WebVideo/BerserkAbridged And now, just in case you had any faith left in humanity]]...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCyujnxaMYs#t=4m30s know that someone, somewhere, thought that THIS made sense]]". The ''Golden Age'' movies also have some instances of heroes like Casca swatting away arrows with their swords, and in later manga chapters Guts is able to use the incredibly broad flat of his BFS to shield himself. When a main character actually gets hit, the trope will usually apply in a [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] form. Guts gets hit in the hand during the Hundred Man Fight, and snaps it in two with the same hand in a show of bravado. That said, it prevents him from using it to grip his sword and he has to one-hand it for the rest of the fight. He was also significantly weakened by previous arrow wounds in his fight with the Holy Iron Chain Knights, contributing to his collapse and capture. Casca, who is not as much of a tank as Guts, gets hit with ''five'' crossbow bolts when the Hawks get ambushed by the Midland Army, which is treated as very serious since she was wearing no armor and they hit her mainly in the torso. She spends three days and nights in a comatose state near death, but miraculously she survives and makes a full recovery within a year.



** It's mainly to show that Ronon is a {{Badass}}, and [=McKay=]'s...[[NonActionGuy not]].

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** It's mainly to show that Ronon is a {{Badass}}, badass, and [=McKay=]'s...[[NonActionGuy not]].



** ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' loves to play with this trope. Cao Cao's cousin Xiahou Dun once got shot ''in the eye'', but was such a {{badass}} that he plucked it out with eye attached and ate the eyeball to strike fear into the hearts of his enemies.

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** ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' loves to play with this trope. Cao Cao's cousin Xiahou Dun once got shot ''in the eye'', but was such a {{badass}} badass that he plucked it out with eye attached and ate the eyeball to strike fear into the hearts of his enemies.



* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' has belts that grant damage resistance. There's nothing quite so BadAss as seeing a character with a throwing axe ''sticking in her cleavage'' continuing to fight. Of course, given that NWN is based on TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons rules, this is merely enhancing the trope, rather than providing it.

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* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' has belts that grant damage resistance. There's nothing quite so BadAss badass as seeing a character with a throwing axe ''sticking in her cleavage'' continuing to fight. Of course, given that NWN is based on TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons rules, this is merely enhancing the trope, rather than providing it.



* In ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'', Luca Blight is peppered with more arrows than should be necessary to kill a man. And he's ''still'' able to fight off your eighteen best party members while being pelted with even ''more'' arrows before fighting your main character in a duel. Granted, this ''is'' [[BadAss Luca]] [[ImplacableMan Blight]] we're talking about.

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* In ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'', Luca Blight is peppered with more arrows than should be necessary to kill a man. And he's ''still'' able to fight off your eighteen best party members while being pelted with even ''more'' arrows before fighting your main character in a duel. Granted, this ''is'' [[BadAss Luca]] [[ImplacableMan Luca Blight]] we're talking about.



* Played relatively straight by UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc: contemporary accounts describe her being hit variously with an crossbow bolt in the leg, an arrow in the shoulder, and a heavy stone on the head. What ''is'' consistent in each of the accounts is that she simply had the wound cleaned, said a quick prayer and was perfectly well within a ridiculously short amount of time. Particularly, during Joan's battle in Orleans, an English arrow deeply pierced her between the neck and shoulder. By the power of faith alone she ignored the pain, pulled the arrow out with her bare hands, made a silent prayer, climbed back on her horse, and continued to lead her army to victory. Pure {{badass}}. This might simply be a case of an UnreliableNarrator, but at the time it was seen as evidence that she might really have had divine help.

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* Played relatively straight by UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc: contemporary accounts describe her being hit variously with an crossbow bolt in the leg, an arrow in the shoulder, and a heavy stone on the head. What ''is'' consistent in each of the accounts is that she simply had the wound cleaned, said a quick prayer and was perfectly well within a ridiculously short amount of time. Particularly, during Joan's battle in Orleans, an English arrow deeply pierced her between the neck and shoulder. By the power of faith alone she ignored the pain, pulled the arrow out with her bare hands, made a silent prayer, climbed back on her horse, and continued to lead her army to victory. Pure {{badass}}.badass. This might simply be a case of an UnreliableNarrator, but at the time it was seen as evidence that she might really have had divine help.
29th Jul '16 10:42:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* Sort of averted in ''LandsOfLore: The Throne of Chaos''. Fairly early in the game, you come across a character who has been shot repeatedly by arrows and is slumped, dying, against a tree. However, he survives long enough to give you some information about where to go next, say "Pardon me, this arrow is...quite annoying...", yank the arrow in question out of his chest, then talk a little bit longer before finally giving up the ghost.

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* Sort of averted in ''LandsOfLore: ''VideoGame/LandsOfLore: The Throne of Chaos''. Fairly early in the game, you come across a character who has been shot repeatedly by arrows and is slumped, dying, against a tree. However, he survives long enough to give you some information about where to go next, say "Pardon me, this arrow is...quite annoying...", yank the arrow in question out of his chest, then talk a little bit longer before finally giving up the ghost.
27th Jul '16 12:33:32 PM Vox
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** Boromir manages to make a last stand and continue fighting even while pincushioned by arrows as thick as sausages. His wounds are treated as mortal throughout the scene, however -- and when the arrows strike him the blows are treated as violent impacts, as shocking as being hit with a club.

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** Boromir manages to make a last stand and continue fighting even while pincushioned by arrows as thick as sausages. His wounds are treated as mortal throughout right from the scene, start, however -- and when the arrows strike him the blows are treated as violent impacts, as shocking as being hit with a club.
11th Jun '16 8:55:46 PM Doug86
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* In ''Franchise/FireEmblem'', while normal hits from an archer don't do much damage, archers tend to have more skill, and therefore more critical-hits, than other units. Therefore, an 8-point normal hit will become a ''24-point'' critical hit--which will make quite a dent in most units' HP. For flying units (pegasus/wyvern knights), arrows are downright ''lethal'', and often kill in two hits or less.

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* In ''Franchise/FireEmblem'', ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'', while normal hits from an archer don't do much damage, archers tend to have more skill, and therefore more critical-hits, than other units. Therefore, an 8-point normal hit will become a ''24-point'' critical hit--which will make quite a dent in most units' HP. For flying units (pegasus/wyvern knights), arrows are downright ''lethal'', and often kill in two hits or less.
9th Jun '16 3:12:13 PM Alceister
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* Proper [[BulletproofVest hard body armor]] with the trauma plates required to handle rifle rounds can render arrows merely annoying. Unless one hits an area not covered by the trauma plates, in which case an arrow may actually have a better chance of penetrating than a small calibre bullet. This is because kevlar and other high-tensile fibres are specifically designed to absorb and dissipate kinetic energy, but are susceptible to being cut by a sharp edge.

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* Proper [[BulletproofVest hard body armor]] with the trauma plates required to handle rifle rounds can render arrows merely annoying. Unless one hits an area not covered by the trauma plates, in which case an arrow may actually have a better chance of penetrating than a small calibre bullet. This is because kevlar and other high-tensile fibres are specifically designed to absorb and dissipate kinetic energy, but are susceptible to being cut or forced apart by a sharp edge. point.
8th Jun '16 9:02:56 PM Alceister
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* Proper [[BulletproofVest hard body armor]] with the trauma plates required to handle rifle rounds can render arrows merely annoying. Unless one hits an area not covered by the trauma plates.

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* Proper [[BulletproofVest hard body armor]] with the trauma plates required to handle rifle rounds can render arrows merely annoying. Unless one hits an area not covered by the trauma plates.plates, in which case an arrow may actually have a better chance of penetrating than a small calibre bullet. This is because kevlar and other high-tensile fibres are specifically designed to absorb and dissipate kinetic energy, but are susceptible to being cut by a sharp edge.
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